'Christmas' comes early for Carrey with Disney pic


Jim Carrey will star in a Robert Zemeckis adaptation of "A Christmas Carol," playing Scrooge, the ghost of Christmas past, the ghost of Christmas present and the ghost of Christmas future. The film will be produced by Walt Disney Pictures and ImageMovers Digital, which inked a deal with Disney this year.

Zemeckis wrote the screenplay for Carrey and will direct the film, which will be made for a 3-D stereoscopic release. Producing are Zemeckis and his ImageMovers partners Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke.

Production will incorporate performance capture, and blend live action and CG, building on techniques used for Zemeckis' "The Polar Express" and upcoming "Beowulf," as well as "Monster House," which the director executive produced.

A release date for "Christmas Carol" has not been set.

Several Web sites have reported that Bob Hoskins -- who worked with Zemeckis on "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" -- might play Mr. Fezziwig in the film, but Disney said no official dealmaking has commenced with the actor.

Carrey's upcoming projects include "Ripley's Believe It or Not," and providing the voice of Horton for the animated film "Horton Hears a Who." His more recent credits include "The Number 23," "Fun With Dick and Jane," "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."

Carrey is repped by CAA, Eric Gold, Jimmy Miller and Debbie Klein.